Environment


V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
United States Energy Association

Environment

Let’s Get Polluted!

Methane emissions are concerning

A report published by the Environmental Defense Fund in April 2019 suggests that current EPA reporting of methane emissions is off by a factor of five, and the waste of leaking the greenhouse pollutant costs New Mexico about $43 million in lost tax and royalty revenue.
V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Deb Haaland meets with children
Eric Williams Photography

On Assignment

Haaland on Climate Disruption

Rep’s appearance at film festival emphasizes emergency

US Representative Deb Haaland advocated small changes in personal usage at the Climate Disruption Film Festival, but but where were the millennials?
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Natural gas flaring in the Permian Basin
Courtesy Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media

Environment

Methane Goes Boom!

Profitable wells equal global warming

On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019

News Feature

The Fractured Earth

Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process

We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
The Rio Grande, south of Albuquerque, Summer 2018
Laura Paskus

Environment

Water, Water Everywhere

Cooperation yields fluid results

At their Aug. 22 meeting, New Mexico’s largest water utility agreed to sell water to the federal government to boost flows in the Rio Grande through the end of the year.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Monsoon season in New Mexico
Laura Paskus

Environment

Drought’s Grip, El Niño’s Promise

Dry conditions persist across N.M.

Breaking the drought requires more than a handful of rainstorms—even big storms. And grappling with its impacts means policymakers should listen to scientists and constituents, ranging from farmers to city-dwellers.
V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Rio Grande
Laura Paskus

Environment

The Monsoon Approaches

But the drought persists

Wetter weather may be approaching, but our state’s drought is a persistent one.
V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
The Sandia Mountains in winter
courtesy USDA

New Mexico News

Playing With Fire

Forest closures, fireworks bans and a very hot planet

The increased heat and decreased rainfall that we've caused is starting to put an end to summertime enjoyment of New Mexico’s forests and grasslands, as well as fireworks, but are we unhappy enough yet to vote against it?
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Beauty the Turkey Vulture
Larry Rimer

Environment

Brave New World Vulture

Beauty the Turkey Vulture does work to make her species proud

Hawks Aloft is a local nonprofit that deals in conservation of birds of prey.
kids planting
Corey Yazzie

Environment

Healthy Plants, Healthy Kids

Water conservation project at Barelas school

The students in the Dolores Gonzales Gardening Club will be going home with not only some fresh fruits and vegetables from their beds, but also with some plants they can continue to nurture at home, learning to be stewards for nature.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
EDB in shallow groundwater at Kirtland AFB
[click to enlarge]
NMENV

Editorial

Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

New plans and protests in process

ABCWUA criticizes KAFB for its new strategy's less aggressive plan to remove the jet fuel contaminants from the city's aquifer.
V.27 No.7 | 2/15/2018
Oil wells in southeastern New Mexico
Laura Paskus

Environment

More Oil, More Gas, Please

Relaxed regs coincide with increased revenue

Proposed changes to construction permits for oil and gas facilities will help production and state revenues but do not address methane leaks.
V.26 No.41 | 10/12/2017
expense
US Department of the Interior

Environment

N.M. Environment Update

On Zinke, oil, gas and public comments

Interior Secretary Zinke under fire again for abusing his travel expense account and oil drillers invest in N.M. despite falling prices and state regulations, thanks to federal subsidies and White House support.
V.26 No.40 | 10/5/2017
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during his visit to New Mexico in July
US Department of the Interior

Environment

N.M. Environmental Update

The latest about Zinke, LANL and public meetings

Interior Secretary promises a more business-frieldly culture, EPA is terrified of the public and LANL has two criticality incidents in August as well as waste problems.
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017
oil rig
Courtesy of the New Mexico State Land Office

Environment

Zinke Says Drill!

New interior secretary targets New Mexico

US Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order last week, aimed at boosting oil and gas leasing on federal lands.